Manipur : Security tightened to check influx after publication of draft NRC in Assam

By M.Devanand Sharma

Imphal (Manipur) , July 30 :Manipur Police have tightened security  to check the possible influx of migrants after a draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) published in neighbouring Assam has sparked fears that many may be declared non-Indians .

Chief Minister N Biren has informed that the State Government has beefed up security at Jiribam, Tamenglong, and Mao in the wake of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens that was released in Assam today. The Chief Minister was talking to the media regarding the final draft of the NRC released by the Government of Assam.

He said Jiribam district police have been deployed at every entry points including the waterways in the district to stop illegal immigration from Assam.

The arrangements have been there for past few days. Similar security arrangements have been made at Tamenglong district for the past four days . Besides, security personnel have been monitoring the entry of outsiders at Mao gate .

The Chief Minister appealed to the people of Manipur not to worry much as the State Government has made adequate security arrangements at all entry points.

Meanwhile, All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM) has urged Governor Dr Najma Heptulla to not give her assent to The Manipur People Bill, 2018 citing several issues.

According to ANSAM, the tribals of Manipur are claiming that their land, forest and economy are protected under the provision of Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 and that a law prohibiting transfer of land belonging to Scheduled Tribe (ST) to a non-tribal is valid in favour of ST in the state of Manipur as reported in the AIR 1985 SC 389.

“In fact, the land owners have the absolute right over the land and forest in the hill areas as the communities have common land which cannot be arbitrarily interfered by the village authority or district council under the prevailing customs,” the Naga student body said.

The Naga student body also said that the inherent right of the tribal land and forest is protected by “our social custom” and has been guaranteed under Article 371C of the Constitution of India.

On the other side today a delegation of Joint Committee for the Protection of the Constitutional Rights of the Indian Citizens in Manipur meet the Governor of Manipur and also shared their concerns about the Manipur People Bill, 2018.

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